In the wake of Orlando Pirates announcing Josef Zinnbauer as the club’s new coach, the Siya crew takes a look into the new man in charge of the Soweto giants’ bench.
The Buccaneers confirmed appointing Zinnbauer on Tuesday, with the German set to take over the reins from Rulani Mokwena, who has been coaching the side on interim basis, since the departure of Milutin Sredojevic earlier in the season.
Who is Josef Zinnbauer?
Josef Zinnbauer was born in Schwandorf in Germany on 01 May 1970. He started out as a midfielder during his playing days, plying his trade at more than 10 teams in Germany, before retiring in 2005.
Zinnbauer’s coaching career as head coach started in 2005 at VfB Oldenburg, where he remained until 2010, before he took up the role as assistant coach at Karlsruher SC.
From March – June 2012 he was the head coach of Karlsruhe’s reserve team. He has also coached both the Hamburger SV reserve and first teams respectively.
Outside of Germany, Zinnbauer coached FC St. Gallen 1879 in Switzerland between September 2015 and May 2017.
He hasn’t coached at top-flight level since leaving St. Gallen in 2017.
According to transfermarkt – a German-based website, during his time with St. Gallen, Zinnbauer was in charge of 63 matches, and led the team to 19 wins, 14 draws and 30 losses, while at Hamburger SV he was in charge of 24 matches from which he had 6 wins, 6 draws and 12 losses.
He has previously also worked as a scout, according to the German-based website.